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Poster: csaw44 Date: Jan 16, 2010 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 77

anybody have any good recommendation for a good sleeper from that year?

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 17, 2010 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

The Forum show in LA, is not mentioned much, and is pretty great . I am biased, since it was my 3rd show, but it holds up in this AUD .
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-06-04.fob.menke.motb-0096.97183.flac16

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Poster: Gus Fan Date: Jan 17, 2010 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

The show in Richmond is a great one imho.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-25.sbd.miller.87539.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 17, 2010 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

You consider the Mosque show a sleeper?

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Poster: Gus Fan Date: Jan 17, 2010 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Yes. I downloaded it from the archive many many moons ago (2004?) while looking to download my first show (Philly earlier in the tour). I saw very few reviews at that time, I had never heard it and "sleeper" sounds about right to me...

Why do you ask? Is it on a Dick's Picks or something?

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Poster: vapors Date: Jan 17, 2010 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

I guess I’ve been asleep! With three years of internet and LMA under my belt, I have listened to many shows from May 77, but thankfully am enjoying this gem for the first time today. Sweet!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 17, 2010 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Well it will surely wake you up!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 17, 2010 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Webster online definition of "sleeper"

"someone or something unpromising or unnoticed that suddenly attains prominence or value "

5/25/77 has been downloaded at LMA over 115,000 times!

It is widely regarded as one of the best shows of 1977.

Not just a few folks here (myself included) consider it to be the finest show of '77. It certainly is among the top 5 of the year!

I dont see how you could consider it a "sleeper" show...

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 18, 2010 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Perhaps there should be a word other than 'sleeper' to describe a show that's hidden from view by one that is a favourite of many yet deserves more attention. I think this is one such http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-02-27.bertrando.vernon.10378.sbeok.shnf . 'Junior sibling' perhaps. (I know - 2 words) The solo in 'Loser' is described by one reviewer as 'Roy Buchananesque'. A major compliment in my book.

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Poster: falconcry77 Date: Jan 17, 2010 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

that mosque show really is special. I feel proud to be from richmond when i think about that show! sleeper or not, it sounds great.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 16, 2010 9:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

I'm not sure I would call it a "sleeper" but Tuscaloosa doesnt garner the attention it deserves...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-17.sbd.weiner.18554.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 17, 2010 3:12pm
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I like that show, especially since Alabama needs all the help it can get.

Still, I don't know if anything from '77 can be called a "sleeper".

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jan 19, 2010 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Yes, Ala. was often driven through, such as, from Memphis to Atlanta, without even a piss being taken or a Moonpie being purchased by the band. As I mentioned in a different thread the May Tuscaloosa show from 1977 is a keeper that is often overlooked.

Later this week, I hope to re-listen to the '78 Birmingham show. I will share my thoughts, if any, afterwards.

Roll Tide,
TOOTMO

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 20, 2010 3:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Birmingham '78?
I didn't know!
I was lad in B'ham in 1978. Didn't see the band until '81.
I might have blown a fuse seeing them in '78, but then again, that would not necessarily have been a bad thing. I think my parents would have blown a fuse (not in a good way) if I had seen them then.

I'll consider that required listening when I get a chance.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 20, 2010 5:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Alabama shows:

date venue city state
5/17/77 Coliseum - University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL
12/15/78 Boutwell Auditorium Birmingham AL
4/28/80 Boutwell Auditorium Birmingham AL
4/4/95 Birmingham Coliseum Birmingham AL
4/5/95 Birmingham Coliseum Birmingham AL

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 20, 2010 7:17am
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I saw Jimmy Buffet at Boutwell once. People tell me he's an ass in real life. Some really good folks have also played there back in the history making days. I would like to have seen the Dead there in '80, but things were such that I passed on the opportunity to go from Atlanta to see them in '95.
I won't be listening to those.

I think I'm turning into one of those guys with a 1980 cut off date.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jan 20, 2010 10:29am
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I was at both the '95 shows. I think if you put them together then cut away the scraps you come up with a decent show. Will it make the Prime Minister throw his '68 box set into a local blast furnace---prollynot.

But, are the shows the cardboard pieces of crap that the reviewers spout: NO. Most of the comments lack any substance: "95 sucks and this is 95." Hmmm... Thanks for the input, buddy.

TOOTMO

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jan 16, 2010 8:19pm
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yeah!!! i alway's enjoyed this show from MN.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-11.sbd.miller.83196.flac16 enjoy!!!~~~~****>>>>****<<<<***>>>

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Poster: souprman Date: Jan 18, 2010 2:24pm
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yes ! killer scarlet>fire. the vibe of this show is continued from the 3 previous killer shows. holy trinity + 1.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2010 10:52pm
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My favorite unreleased '77 show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-13.sbd.miller.9393.sbeok.shnf

Great Jack-A-Roe, Scarlet/Fire, Friend Of The Devil, Brown-Eyed Women and many more...

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Poster: CPettingill Date: Jan 17, 2010 4:33am
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My first show.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-26.sbd.sacks.3224.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Jan 17, 2010 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

My favorite sleeper of '77 is this show
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-09-29.sbd.cantor.gmb.96027.flac16
None of the songs in this show are as good as other versions from the same year, assuredly; but the show has a really nice, laid back, relaxed vibe more like '76 than '77. The first set ending in particular is excellent with very very solid if not truly great versions of Sugaree and Let It Grow and then a really unique, laid back Franklin's set closer. In particular the way they start the song and the section right before the final climax where Jerry and Donna trade little "oohs" and hums.

I'd also agree about 6/4/77, a really really really great 2nd set that gets overlooked because its AUD only and because of the Winterland shows that come after.

Finally, IMO, as great as the spring tour is the 5 shows that they played in November are just as good as anything from May. (Except Morning Dew from Cornell, there's nothing as good as that)

This post was modified by Phlesh Wound on 2010-01-17 17:08:27

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jan 17, 2010 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

6-4-77 is maybe my favorite '77 show. What an incredible second set - an incredible feeling of euphoria washes over me every time I listen as playing in the band morphs seamlessly into the joyful cadence of franklin's tower...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 17, 2010 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 77

Styrofoam Cueball beat me to the punch for favorite sleeper show of '77 and i couldn't agree more: 5/13/77 is a gem. It's sandwiched between so many other great May shows it's easy to overlook but has maybe THE most underrated and gorgeous SCARLET>FIRE ever played. It may get passed over b/c the transition jam is so brief, but it's such a solid intro by Phil that it hardly matter and Jerry more than makes up for it with an elongated wah-wah intro to FIRE that just goes and goes. Also, no forgotten lyrics. The BEW, SAMSON, are also stellart. Great overall show.

Not sure if this qualifies as "sleeper", but I'll go out on a limb and say so b/c it's early May and right before the monster runs of 5/7-5/9 that everyone associates w/the best of early May '77.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-04.sbd.miller.91970.sbeok.flac16

What stands out in this show is another great SCARLET>FIRE (complete with a playful "China Cat" lick by Bobby during SCARLET) and one of the best COMES A TIME ever played (in fact, only the Buffalo show 5 days later surpasses it). It's caught in the middle of one of the tastiest 2nd set sandwiches ever: TERRAPIN>PLAYIN>COMES A TIME>PLAYIN REPRISE. The night before is a great sleeper show, too, with one of my favorite ever ROW JIMMY s, but there's no great SBD available. Worth checking out.

I'll also throw in 11/1/77 Detroit as a pretty nice sleeper show.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-11-01.sbd.jeffm.2485.sbeok.shnf

WHARF RAT fans should give this show a listen.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jan 18, 2010 12:36am
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Much agreed on 5/4. I think 5/1 also fits in this category (I think 5/1 has my favorite Comes a Time of the year, actually).

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